Once I first left residence for faculty, my mom was an actual stickler about security. I am unable to really matter all of the lectures I endured about security, that, whereas nicely which means, weren’t actually topics I used to be terribly excited by as I left residence for the primary time. Of explicit non-interest on my agenda have been the numerous classes about driving security. Mother preferred to drone on and on about how I ought to at all times maintain my automotive well-stocked with emergency objects similar to flashlights and blankets as a result of “you’ll be able to by no means inform what’s going to occur.” I ignored such recommendation, however earlier than I left residence, Mother made certain to inventory my car with loads of blankets within the trunk and a surefire flashlight, streamlight flashlight, two led pelican flashlights, and a mini maglite saved within the glove compartment (together with all the suitable batteries.)
I rolled my eyes, however by no means bought round to clearing out the glove compartment. As life has a approach of doing, finally, my mom’s phrases got here again to hang-out me on the night time that my mini maglite saved my life!
I used to be driving down an previous nation highway (one in every of many within the nice Midwest) late one night time after a celebration, and to my nice irritation and shock, I had a flat tire. Pulling over the aspect of the highway, I cursed my luck, and opened my glove compartment. I had little alternative however to hearken to Mother’s knowledge this time round, because the nation highway lacked any road lights. Wanting by the alternatives, I lastly picked the mini maglite, primarily as a result of it was the closest. Testing the batteries, I opened my door and stepped out into the aspect of the highway.
I might had the misfortune to have my flat tire on a chunk of highway that stretched between two forested areas. I figured since I used to be on a fairly deserted piece of highway, it could be simpler and faster to easily change the tire myself, quite than wait round on roadside help.
I walked nonchalantly again in direction of the trunk of the automotive, and once I was about six inches from the trunk, the sunshine from my mini maglite picked up on the unmistakable brown and black markings of the timber rattlesnake.
Timber rattlesnakes are uncommon on this explicit a part of the Midwest, and it would not have even have dawned on me to test for any sort of snake, had I not had my trusty flashlight sidekick in my palms.
Backing rigorously and slowly away, as to not disturb the snake, I opened the door and bought again into my automotive. I used my mobile phone to name for the roadside help I had been cautious of earlier than.
It took the type folks an excellent hour to search out me, and the entire time, all I might surprise is what if I had really been bitten by that snake? Would they’ve taken that lengthy to search out me, whereas the rattlesnake’s venom took its toll on my physique?
I am sure they’d have, and for that cause, I’m constructive that my mini maglite saved my life.